Transportation emissions lead to poor indoor and outdoor air quality, disproportionately affecting low-income and BIPOC neighborhoods and especially impacting children at home and school every day. For instance, living near a substation or highway puts children at risk from a young age as they inhale high levels of ozone, sulfur oxides, nitrous oxides, and other contaminants with each breath. We can’t afford to wait any longer to take action and address transit emissions.
Read our latest blog post: We need to talk about the impacts of air pollution.
It is estimated that 25 million people in the US have asthma. According to The American Lung Association, in 2018, Black people were 42 percent more likely than white people to have asthma due to higher exposure to contaminants and lower access to healthcare, making race and ethnicity risk markers for respiratory health conditions. Black and brown communities are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses such as asthma because polluting facilities and highways have been historically placed in their backyards. Environmental racism in the US leads to poor indoor and outdoor air quality in these neighborhoods and impacts BIPOC folks at home, school, and the places where they work and play. This makes asthma not only a health justice problem but a social and environmental justice issue as well.
Clean Water Action is working with the MA Environmental Justice Legislative Table to ensure our legislators prioritize the health of our communities. Our goal is to pass an air quality bill that will increase air monitoring and provide access to air filters in the communities that are most affected by air pollution.